Saturday, October 25, 2014 · 8:19 p.m.

Early morning house fire under investigation

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The Fire Investigation Division is searching for the cause of the fire that started in this house early Wednesday morning. (Photo: Contributed)

Chattanooga firefighters responded to a fire call in the 2700 block of Roanoke Avenue shortly after 3 a.m. Wednesday morning, the cause of which is currently under investigation. 

Five fire companies were sent to the scene after the 911 Communications Center first received reports of the fire. Capt. Carlos Hampton, the incident commander, said that the small wood-framed house was completely engulfed by the time they arrived. 

Engine 4, the first firefighters on the scene, had a live power line fall on the truck as they pulled up. No one was injured, but EPB was asked to send a repair crew to the scene immediately to disconnect the power and remove the wire that had fallen on the fire engine. 

The house was boarded up and had been abandoned for a while, but neighbors told firefighters that they had seen a homeless man in the house and were concerned he might still be inside. One neighbor had tried to get inside to check on the homeless man but was injured in the process. He was transported to Erlanger Medical Center via Hamilton County EMS for second- and third-degree burns on his hand.

The firefighters did not find anyone in the house. 

The home is considered a total loss, officials said, but the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Chattanooga police officers also assisted on the scene.

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